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Tony Abbott's metadata plan could be disastrous

By Ray Goodlass
Updated February 24 2015 - 12:49pm, first published 12:31pm
Prime minister’s metada-saster
Prime minister’s metada-saster

As news broke last week that Tony Abbott was stepping up the government's push for laws compelling phone and internet firms to keep customer metadata, this time adding that it is "absolutely critical" to fighting child pornography online, I was in the middle of reading Australian author Anna Funder’s justly praised book Stasiland, about East Germany’s secret police, the Stasi.